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Wednesday Aug 16, 2023

Wiltshire rugby team's incredible lifesaving response to traumatic car crash

In a remarkable instance of courage and community spirit, the Trowbridge Women’s Rugby team emerged as unexpected heroes when they sprang into action to provide life-saving support following a car accident that occurred near their local rugby club.

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As fate would have it, the Wiltshire-based rugby team were conducting their training session on the nearby field at the time of the accident, positioning them within earshot of the collision, perfectly placed to respond to the crisis.

At approximately 8:40 PM that evening, their training session was disrupted by a single-vehicle road traffic collision. Without hesitation, the rugby players, clad in their training gear, sprung into action. The impact of the crash left four passengers trapped and injured inside the overturned vehicle. Two of the occupants managed to escape the vehicle, whilst the driver and front passenger remained trapped inside.

What transpired next was a remarkable show of camaraderie. The first responder on the scene, PC 2578 Ben Agate, was greeted by a group of 15 to 20 rugby players who had organised themselves into an impromptu emergency response team. These rugby players, familiar with teamwork and discipline from their rugby training, seamlessly transitioned their skills to provide essential first aid.

The players quickly assessed the situation and organised themselves to triage the casualties. With a keen understanding of the severity of the injuries, they allocated resources accordingly. One casualty was found with a life-threatening cataphoric bleed to the arm, prompting immediate action. The players worked together, applying emergency bandages and utilised whatever materials they could find in the immediate vicinity to provide comfort and support to the injured.

In a true testament to their dedication, the rugby players did not waver when the ambulances arrived on the scene. Instead, they seamlessly transitioned into assisting the ambulance crew. They aided in transporting equipment, held intravenous lines, and used their training to offer support and comfort to the casualties. This unwavering commitment was particularly touching given that two of the injured were just 16 years old.

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